It’s an unfortunate reality that many of us have a hard time clearly articulating a definite goal for ourselves. But if we don’t have a planned destination, how do we know where to go or what to do next? People without a goal are by definition drifting aimlessly. Worse yet is that they are abandoning the infinite creative power they have inside them and are letting their dreams slowly but surely wither on the vine. The fact is if we don’t concretely decide on your goals we will be hijacked by those who will freely impose their agenda on us.
It doesn’t have to be this way. You can chart your own course and follow it to success. It starts with understanding some things about goals
There are three categories of goals:
Type A: Things we know we can do based on past experience
Type B: Things we think we can do based on a well-thought out plan
Type C: Things we WANT to do that resonate on a deep level
With A goals you are just moving sideways. There is no growth. You can make a detailed step-by-step plan for B goals but there is no inspiration to motivate you to actually complete the goal. But with C type goals you must draw on on your full inner power to go after something that you’ve never done before.
We’ve all been conditioned as kids to believe that we should not fantasize – that we need to put out imagination aside and consider only what we can rationally predict. But real goals must always start with fantasy. At this stage it’s not important to know how you are going to accomplish the goal. That will be revealed in time and we ponder the goal more deeply and begin to form a theory around it.
We have to understand that the real purpose behind any goal is grow. While we may be going after money, or a job, or a new house, or a new relationship these are ultimately just the physical result. It is through the process of pursuing and achieving specific tangible goals that are beyond our current experience that we can begin to raise our level of consciousness.
Don’t let circumstances stop you. Look at the examples of people like Ed Hilary, the Wright brothers, or Thomas Edison. There was nothing in their circumstances that they could look to guide them. They had to look within. People around them told them they could not achieve what they envisioned.
But they persisted in their thinking and their doing. And even after experiencing several temporary failures they ultimately changed the world by making their dream a reality.
This process of goal setting can be done on an individual or team level. We can, and should, set personal as well as professional goals. It work the same way in either situation. Develop the image of the goal, charge it with emotion and internalize it, form positive affirmation around it, then go forward and take action.